The American writer "Akhil Sharma" Session at MSA

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The American writer "Akhil Sharma" Session at MSA

The Faculty of Languages, MSA University hosted the award winning American writer Akhil Sharma who gave an enjoyable and insightful talk entitled “On the Duty to Tell the Truth” on Tuesday, Feb 20th, 2018 in the Cinema Hall- SSB at 11:30am. Sharma is on a short visit to Egypt to participate in the annual round of Cairo Festival for Literature which started on the 17th of February till Feb 22nd, 2018.

The 47 year old Indian American writer mainly talked about his experience as a child who emigrated with his Indian parents from Delhi to settle down in New Jersey at the age of eight. During the talk, Sharma narrated many stories about the differences and gaps between the two cultures, the Indian and the American especially from the point of view of a child. He also spotlighted his hyphenated identity and his journey of assimilation. Indeed, his experience is reflected in his award winning works of art and semi-biographical novels and/or short stories. In the session, he briefly pointed to his first novel, An Obedient Father, for which he won the 2001 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Indeed, in the beginning of his professional career, Sharma was influenced by the great writer Hemingway. However, by time he managed to develop his own unique style and vision. The event was very well attended. Around 180 students and staff members from the Faculty of Languages and other faculties attended the event (almost full house). Most of the attendees positively commented on the event as it raises many important issues that youth might need to think about. The writer also received many important questions from the audience about his experience and responded as he claims” telling the truth”.

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